“In a normal year about 75%  of the revenue for the tourism economy actually comes from the international tourists.” Photograph: Getty Images

Domestic customers alone will not be enough to sustain Ireland’s tourism businesses, industry figures have warned, and the viability of many could be (...)

Aashim Bajaj, Cinnamon Garden Restaurant: ‘The impact of this third lockdown is undeniable.’

‘Opening and closing a business is not easy’ Aashim Bajaj, The Cinnamon Garden, Co Meath Laying off people who have stood by me for years is a hard t(...)

Leo Varadkar: he  said he knew businesses wanted certainty, which he could not offer, so the best thing for them to do was to plan “that this will be a three-month period”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has advised businesses that are closed at present to plan to remain closed for the first quarter of this year. The overriding o(...)

 Yamamori restaurant on Dublin’s South Great George’s Street, closed during April 2020. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

As ministers prepare to announce fresh anti-virus restrictions for the hospitality sector, representatives of the industry say they will accept a long(...)

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control changed Ireland’s colour status to ‘orange’ on Thursday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A reduction in coronavirus infections has lowered the State to the safer “orange” classification from “red” under the EU’s traffic-light system for in(...)

Rob Rankin, managing director of Vagabond Tours. Photograph: Rob Rankin

September is normally one of the busiest months for tour operator Vagabond, but this season was completely wiped out due to Covid-19, according to its(...)

People  eating outdoors in Phibsborough, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

After seven months of anguish for the hospitality and tourism sector, interspersed with bouts of intense lobbying and loud criticism of official polic(...)

Businesses in the hospitality sector will be able to apply for government assistance on lost earnings over a set amount

The coalition Government has moved to shore up the beleaguered tourism and hospitality industry by cutting its VAT rate from 13.5 per cent to 9 per ce(...)

Sanitising self-check in kiosks at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland has the most draconian rules in Europe for people flying in and out, but has the weakest rules when it comes to following up with those arrivi(...)

DAA chief executive Dalton  Philips says it could take three or four years for passenger numbers at Dublin Airport to recover. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

DAA’s losses so far this year are now approaching €150 million, according to its chief executive Dalton Philips. In an online interview he told the I(...)

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